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Friday, August 31, 2012

Work Experience (Finding A job)

Yes, you are now a registered nurse in Australia, however you might have hard time looking for a job in a hospital to work as an RN. Yes, you have a work experience but, is it enough for the hospital to absorb you?

Majority of the hospitals in Australia requires nurses from overseas that recently gained their registration to have atleast 2 years of nursing experience. This 2 years and more experience should be in a specialized area. Like for instance, oncology, ICU, surgical, medical and others. If you happened to have a community nurse experience, then you might somehow have hard time looking for a position in a hospital. But, you should not lost your hope, since hospital is not the only option for you to work as a nurse. There are plenty nursing homes that are willing to sponsor overseas trained nurses with current registration from AHPRA. All you need to do is find one, like for example Bupa, Healthscope, Uniting care (soon) and many more. 

Meanwhile, if you are a nurse with a plenty of experience in any special then you can apply in any hospitals in Australia. But, make sure that they sponsor your for a working visa, unless you have already a permanent residency here in Australia. You can try applying in Ramsay, since they are known to be a very good employer for overseas nurses or maybe, you can go to the government owned hospital and apply. All you need to do is enquire and then you will find the answer.

New website

A new website is on the way for the Ausphilrn. You will be informed with the update.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

How to fill in the application form (AGOS-40)

Below you will find a sample of an application form that is already filled in. The names, addresses or any numbers that you will see in these forms are not real or does not exist at all. If it is, it might be coincidence and was not meant.

Again, this is only a guide.

Stroke – They Now Have a Fourth Indicator, the Tongue

I just thought of sharing this article that was sent to me by a colleague through e-mail as this could be helpful to us nurses in saving lives.
STROKE: Remember the 1st Three Letters.. ..S. T. R.


During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall – she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics). She said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.
They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening

Ingrid’s husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital – (at 6:00 pm Ingrid passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid would be with us today. Some don’t die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.

It only takes a minute to read this…

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke…totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.


Thank God for the sense to remember the ’3′ steps, STR.
Read and Learn!

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:
S *Ask the individual to SMILE.

T *Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently – i.e. It is sunny out today.)
R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

New Sign of a Stroke ——– Stick out Your Tongue
NOTE: Another ‘sign’ of a stroke is this: Ask the person to ‘stick’ out his tongue.. If the tongue is ‘crooked’, if it goes to one side or the other, that is also an indication of a stroke.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Process in Submitting your Application to AHPRA (for RNs and ENs)

Þ    Read the form carefully;
Þ    Gather all the supporting documents;
Þ    Request all the documents to be sent directly to AHPRA from its respective agency like PRC, IDP or British Council, School and others;
Þ    Have your documents certified true copy. Never send an original copy unless specified by AHPRA, like that of your CV.
Þ    Send the documents to AHPRA office (which ever office you prefer)
Þ    Wait for an email from AHPRA or your case officer that the assessment has already commenced. At the same time, you will know that your papers will be assessed once they have started deducting the amount for assessment in your credit card or debit card.
Þ    This will be waiting time game now. Be patient.

Monday, August 27, 2012

AHPRA mailing addresses

For those people who have difficulties in finding the mailing address of AHPRA, kindly find it below. This addresses was also taken from

AHPRA Offices

Australian Capital Territory


RSM Bird Cameron Building
103-105 Northbourne Avenue
ACT 2601


GPO Box 9958
ACT 2601


Monday to Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm

New South Wales


Level 51
680 George Street
NSW 2000


GPO Box 9958
NSW 2001


Monday to Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm

Northern Territory


Level 5
22 Harry Chan Avenue
NT 0800


GPO Box 9958
NT 0801


Monday to Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm



Level 18
179 Turbot Street
QLD 4000


GPO Box 9958
QLD 4001


Monday to Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm

South Australia


Level 8
121 King William Street
SA 5000


GPO Box 9958
SA 5001


Monday to Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm



Level 12
86 Collins Street
TAS 7000


GPO Box 9958
TAS 7001


Monday to Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm



Level 8
111 Bourke Street
VIC 3000


GPO Box 9958
VIC 3001


Monday to Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm

Western Australia


Level 1
541 Hay Street
WA 6008


GPO Box 9958
WA 6001


Monday to Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm



Level 7
111 Bourke Street
VIC 3000


GPO Box 9958
VIC 3001

Saturday, August 25, 2012

How to download your AHPRA certificate of Registration

This is only applicable for Registered Nurses who have their registration in Australia.

You are newly registered and wanted to have a copy of your AHPRA registration certificate. What you need is to have a user ID and a password and you can get this by calling AHPRA or contacting your case officer.

First go to the AHPRA website:

Then click on your account which can be found on the right upper portion of your computer screen.

Click on sign in and you will be redirected to a page where it is asking for your user id, date of birth and password.

Then scroll down and click on download registration certificate.

You will then start download your certificate and you have a copy of your own certificate. It will be saved mostly on PDF format.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Certificate of Employment for AHPRA

AHPRA requiers RN from overseas to produce a copy of their certificate of employment. They will ask you to have you certificate with your employers logo, name, address and contact number if possible. In the content, there should be a statement stating ig you worked full-time, part-time or casual and for how many hours in a year, month or weeks.

Below you will find an example of an employment certificate. Click to enlarge.

Please note that some of the health institution where you have worked may have different way of making their own certificate.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Difference Between letter of offer to letter of enrolment

Now, you already have an eligibility letter from AHPRA, and you want to apply for the bridging course with out the aide of an agency, which is good,since you will not be spending a big amount of money to an agency. You are now proceeding for an application for your visa in the embassy. What you need is to gather all the required documents for your application. Majority of the applicants are confused by the letter of offer for embassy purpose only and from the letter of enrolment. Both can be used in an embassy, so you do not need to stress out about it. But how do they differ from each other?

The letter of an enrolment is a letter made for you by the institution confirming your place in the specified commencing date of the course that you paid. It means that you are enrolled already and your place for that course is already secured (simplest way to explain). However, the letter of support for visa, is a letter produced by an institution in support for your application in the embassy. This letter only contains the course that you will be taking and if how long it will take. Remember, this does not guarantee a place for your desired date of the course.

Figure 1.1 will show you the letter of enrolment, while figure 1.2 is the visa support letter. (Click the image to enlarge)

fig 1.1

fig 1.2

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Pathway to Registration

The Australian College of Nursing has their own pathway to registration which most of the colleges or educational provider have for the overseas trained nurses. Below is the sample of the registration to registration by the college of nursing. You can find this one in

The College of Nursing 
Assessment of Competence Program 
Pathway to registration 

Below is an outline of the process that will lead to your registration with 
the Australian Health Professional Regulation Agency.

Week 1 – 4  

On Campus attendance 
Face to face program delivery

Week 4 – 8 

Clinical Placement
Providing there is placement available – this may 
be delayed if there is an issue in obtaining your 
clinical placement / you requesting a specific 
clinical placement or your placement starting in 
the week following your on-campus completion. 

Week 9 - 10 

Return of assessment documents from the 
Clinical Facilitators – please be aware that if there 
is an issue with your clinical competence – this 
part of the process may take longer than one 

Week 11 - 12 

Processing of clinical documents from Clinical 
Facilitators – please be aware that if there is an 
issue with your assessment – there may be a 
delay in this process or this part of the process 
may take longer than one week

Week 12 - 13 

Signing off your competence and generating 
letters of recommendation to AHPRA

Week 14 

Signing your letters of referral

Week 15  

Sending your letter to APHRA

Thursday, August 16, 2012

New English Language Skills Registration Standard from 19 September 2011


A revised English language skills registration standard for nurses and midwives will be in place from
Monday 19 September 2011, after the Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council (AHWMC) approved

the revised standard recommended by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (the Board or NMBA).

The new standard was developed through extensive consultation with the professions and the community,
which helped ensure it is fair, reasonable and guided by public safety.
The revised standard - also informed by the Board’s review of the available evidence and stakeholder
feedback - takes effect from 19 September 2011 and includes detailed transition provisions to smooth its

The role of the Board is to protect the public. Under the National Law, the National Boards set registration
standards which all applicants must meet before they can be registered to practise in Australia.
Each of the 10 National Boards has set an English language skills registration standard to ensure all
registered health practitioners in Australia can provide safe care to the Australian community and can
communicate effectively – by listening, reading, in oral conversation and in writing – with their patients and
with other health professionals about the care of their patients. For detailed information about the NMBA
English language skills registration standard go to

The revised NMBA English language skills registration standard:

  • still requires registered nurses, midwives and enrolled nurses to communicate effectively in English

  • brings the NMBA English language skills registration standard in line with the standard of the other 

National Boards, while retaining key profession specific features

  • means that applicants who have completed a minimum of five years (full-time equivalent) of 

combined secondary and/or vocational and/or tertiary education taught and assessed in English,
in:  Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the
United States of America are considered to have met the standard and therefore do not need to sit
an English language test. All other applicants are required to submit evidence of English

  • recognises the different education requirements for each category of nursing. For registered nurses 

and registered midwives, two of these full-time equivalent five years required above must be a preregistration program of study taught and assessed in English in one of the countries listed above.
For enrolled nurses, one of these full-time equivalent five years must be a pre-registration program
of study taught and assessed in English in one of the countries listed aboveAustralian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency

  •  gives the Board flexibility to consider and/or grant an exemption to a defined group through the 

development of nationally-consistent policy, if in the future there is compelling evidence
demonstrating English language proficiency equivalent to the standard for a defined cohort

  •  is supported by detailed transition provisions for currently-enrolled students who are soon to 

complete their courses. For example, current students due to complete their course by the end of
2011 or who complete their outstanding course requirements by 30 March 2012 must either meet
the Board’s current (to 18 September 2011) requirements in relation to English language skills, or
they can opt to meet the Board’s new standard.

The revised NMBA English language skills registration standard does not change the requirement for
applicants who must submit evidence of proficiency in English through their English test results. This group
must still achieve a minimum of level 7 in one sitting in each of the four components – listening, reading,
writing and speaking - of the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or a B
score or above in one sitting in each of the four components of the Occupational English Test (OET).

To support the implementation of the new standard, the Board has determined a number of transition
provisions for students and applicants who have submitted their application to AHPRA which are detailed in
the Revised English language skills registration standard Fact Sheet and FAQs published on the NMBA
website. The Board is also working with nursing and midwifery professional organisations and education
providers, employers in the public and private sectors and Commonwealth, State and Territory government
departments to support the smooth introduction of the revised standard from 19 September 2011.

In determining the new standard the Board applied the following principles:

  •  protecting the public
  • national consistency and alignment, where possible, with the English language skills registration 
  • standards of the other National Health Profession Boards
  • recognising the differences in the educational preparation for nursing and midwifery and the two 
  • categories of nurse (enrolled and registered nurses)
  • the need for a rigorous registration standard 
  • the requirement for a standard that is clear and can be implemented effectively.

NOTE: This media release is a summary only. Applicants must meet the requirements detailed in the
Board’s revised English language skills registration standard.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Bridging Program 2012-2013

These are the list of educational institutions that provides bridging program or competence program for overseas qualified nurses. You should also be aware that some of the application closes 3 months before the actual course commencement, so it is important to contact the educational provider.

There are many universities, private institutions that provides bridging program all over Australia, but you need to contact them for the availability of the course.

Australian Centre of Further Education

Melbourne Campus
Start Date

2012 Intakes

Start Date
Clinical Placement Starts
Clinical Placement Ends
330 April 201228 May 201220 July 201218
425 June 201223 July 201214 September 201218
520 August 201217 September 20129 November 201218

2013 Intakes

Start Date for Theory
Clinical Placement Starts
Clinical Placement Ends
Group 114 January 201311 February 20134 April 2013
Group 218 February 201318 March 201310 May 2013
Group 325 March 201322 April 201314 June 2013
Group 429 April 201327 May 201319 July 2013
Group 53 June 20131 July 201323 August 2013
Group 68 July 20135 August 201327 Sept  2013
Group 712 August 20139 September 20131 November 2013
Group 816 Sept 201314 October 20136 December 2013

Australian Institute of Career Advancement
Perth Campus
Start Date
Contact the provider

University of Ballarat 

Melbourne Campus
Start Date

Deaking University

Melbourne Campus
Start Date
May and August

La Trobe University

Bendigo, Victoria Campus
Start Date
January and May each year

The College of Nursing 

Sydney Campus
Start Date

Institute of Health and Nursing Australia (Melbourne or Perth)

Melbourne Campus
Start Date
Perth Campus
Start Date

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Congratulations You are now an AUS RN

Now, after finishing your bridging program anywhere in Australia, all you need to do is patiently wait for your registration number. I know some of you will be in front of the computer all day and kept on typing your last name in the AHPRA registers of practitioners to check if you are already registered. However, you do not have to do this, it is due to the fact that, once you have your registration number your case officer will contact  you by email with your registration number and user ID for AHPRA website log in.

Always remember that each case officer in AHPRA has different approach in sending their applicants registration number. One of the best example can be seen below. (Click the image to enlarge)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Business Visa Subclass 456

Many bridging program in Australia requires their student to be under a business subclass 456. However, some university will require you to apply for a student visa.

The subclass 456 visa is the visa that is intended mostly for people who have to attend a business transaction in Australia. This does not mean that it involves financial transaction. At the same time, this visa is widely used by overseas nurse from the Philippines or other countries.

You can apply for this visa, if you already have a letter of offer for embassy from the educational provider for your bridging course. For more enquiries about this visa, directly go to the website of Australian embassy.

Once your visa is approved, you are allowed to stay in Australia for a maximum of three months. Eventhough that your visa will have a one year expiration, you are still required to exit the country on or before 90 days of stay. After which, you can return again and stay for another 3 months.

If after your bridging course, your registration number is not yet published in the registers of practitioners in AHPRA's website, then you can exit the country and then go back after a week or to what ever date you intend to come back.

What is the different between the student visa and 456 visa for internationally qualified nurses undergoing bridging program? This will be discussed on the next topic.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

CV Sample for AHPRA

I have made a CV sample for AHPRA, this is intended for overseas trained nurse. At the same time, this is only a sample. The names of the hospitals and cities has been altered and does not exist in real world. This will only  be a guide for those internationally trained nurse who have difficulties in making a CV for AHPRA application. Meanwhile, the maximum of 1-2 pages is not for the entire CV, it is for the references and publications alone. It means that if you have some publications produced during your nursing years or that is relevant to your nursing career, you can write it in your CV and should not exceed in two pages.


                                                                        JUAN RAMOS
Purok Dos
                                                                        Bangga City, Philippines 6100
                                                                        (63) 9210000000


2004-2007             Bachelor of Science in Nursing
High University, Bangga City
§         Baccalaureate degree and Certificate of Clinical Completion



10-11 June 2007          Nursing Licensure Examination
                                    Professional Regulation Commission,
Katipunan, Philippines


·        Straight Catheter
·        Foley
·        Condom Catheter
 Removal of
·        Straight Catheter
·        Foley or Retention Catheter
  Providing Catheter Care
  Catheter irrigation
Giving Vaccines
·        Polio (oral)
·        BCG (intradermal)
·        DPT (intramascular)
·        Measles (subcutaneous)
Medication Administration
-         Buccal
-         Oral
·        Dry
·        Liquid
-         Sublingual
-         Parenteral
·        Intradermal
·        Intramascular / or Intravenous
-         Z-track technique
-         Subcutaneous/Hypodermic
Preparing medicines from
-         Ampule
-         Vial
-         Topical
-         Instillation
·        Nasal
·        Opthalmic
·        Otic
-         Suppository Medications
·        Rectal
·        Vaginal
-         Applying wet to dry dressing
Cleaning a drain site and/ or shortening a penrose drain
-         Removal of skin sutures
Care of the dying
-         Post-mortem care
Fasting Blood Sugar
Random Blood Sugar
Initiate CPR
Emergency Drugs (IV Push)
Assist with insert/change/monitor regular IV's
Care for patients with: MI, Cardiogenic Shock, Post Craniotomy
Titration of Vasoactive Drugs: Dobutamine, Dopamine, Levophed, Isoket
Assist in Intubation and Extubation
CVP reading
Giving medications and feeding on NGT
Assess patient through Glasgow Coma Scale
Assist on NGT (Nasogastric Tube) insertion
Administering Chemo drugs
Health Teaching


15 July 2008-15 October 2008                                                 Bangga City, Philippines
Bangga Specialty Hospital                       


§         Full-time
§         Takes and monitor vital signs and neuro vital signs
§         Check the drug chart and write a list of what is due

22 November 2007-12 July 2008                                              Bangga City, Philippines
Oncology Nurse
Miriam Defensor Memorial Regional Hospital   

§         Full-time
§         Takes vital signs to detect deviations from normal and assess condition of patient;
§         Interview patients, their family, and friends, to determine the patient history and to thus facilitate a diagnosis when one is not immediately forthcoming;


2 - 4 November 2006                                                             Estrada City, Philippines
Emergency Room/Operating Room/ Delivery Room
Erap District Hospital

31 October 2006                                                                    Estrada City, Philippines
Emergency Room/Operating Room/ Delivery Room
Erap District Hospital

30 October 2006                                                                    Bangga City, Philippines
Delivery Room
Miriam Defensor Memorial Regional Hospital


Professional Regulation Commission, Philippines
Registration Number: 999999

Nurses Association of New Brunswick, Canada
Registration Number: 000000



Ms. Pia Cayetaños , RN                                            Ms. Maria Ladelbario, RN, MN
Headnurse                                                                  ICU-CCU Head Nurse
Bangga Hospital                                                          Erap Distric Hospital
Bangga City, Philippines                                              Estrada City, Philippines
(63) 9210000000                                                      (63) 9070000000

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